I’m pulling, as they say in quarterback lingo, an audible
. I have no real plan. No engaging story. No idea how this post will evolve.
Just winging it; hoping to at least make a first down.
I do know that the City of Arlington
, which is right next door to my little community of Mansfield, is getting ready for some serious football. Even under the sheets of ice that have laid their shimmery slickness on all its roads, the work still goes on, prepping and polishing Cowboys Stadium
for the game of all games, The Super Bowl
. There is a palpable excitement, mixed with all the sleet and snow, hanging in the air.
It’s been a good year for the little-big city that sits smack dab in the middle of Dallas/Ft. Worth. It hosted the World Series in October
and now, just a few short months later, The Super Bowl. It’s swelling with pride. Kinda like a parent watching their child making their first touchdown.
It’s not hard to be tackled by Super Bowl fever
. There are reminders everywhere. The DFW airport is padded in banners and decals. Hundreds of posters are clipped to street lights and business windows are covered with painted logos.
My family and I snapped up some of the frenzy a few Saturday’s ago and headed north to check out the stadium
. We walked as much of the perimeter as we could, marveling at the sheer volume of the house that Jerry Jones built.
My boys had been there before. A pre-season game in the end zone. But this was my first visit. I was sacked with awe
So on our way home, I got to thinking that I should do a Super post
And before the playoffs even happened, I had decided on my color story. Black, yellow and green
. Yeah, how convenient was it that the two teams going to the Bowl don black, yellow and green? Super!
So here’s a look at my version of a Super Bowl Party
. It’s done just the way I like it … quick and easy. Oh, I threw a couple of inspirational passes in there too … enjoy! Pre-Game Show
To me, the pre-game show is the invite
. I saw this picture on Top Party
while I was info shopping and the banner caught my eye.
So, I decided to use it as my inspiration motif and designed the invite to have a banner
I formatted, then printed the party details on white cardstock and then glued small triangles along the top. A quick pass of the sewing machine wound with black thread to string the banner together and to finish it off, circle punches filled with part of the title. Easy and fairly quick to do.
If you are in a time crunch, don’t hesitate to send invites via e-mail
. There are plenty of football themed ones out there and you could even use it as your motif inspiration for the remainder of your party accessories. Press Passes
Every member of the media has to have a name badge
in order to get access to all the players and teams. Give your guests their own id badge to wear so that they can access all the party fun.
Pick up the string and cases at your local office supply store and construct the inserts just like the invites.Super Souvenirs
I usually try to avoid the t-shirt and hat kiosks. Cha ching. But my boys always seem to end up there. And the next day there always seems to be a t-shirt in my son’s hamper with a price tag amount equivalent to my yearly wardrobe budget. Ouch.
Give guests a sack full of souvenirs
to help them survive and celebrate the game.
A soft football as well as a “penalty” marker
will hopefully keep your TV intact when ref calls are out of bounds. The marker is simply a lollipop covered with a yellow napkin and secured with a rubber band. Easy peasy. Stadium Décor
From the team names on the field, to the decals adorning the outside windows, to the full wall art work picked out by Mrs. Jones, the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington will be all decked out when Sunday rolls around
. Every flat surface covered with some sort of trademarked logo. A visual line-up bordering on the over stimulated offensive.
But no worries. Your party décor doesn’t have to be overdone or expensive works of art. Gather things from around your house
that fit the football theme and create a simple banner
to act as a backdrop. Grab footballs, pom poms, whistles, or jerseys. You may even have a stadium chair to set up and use as a prop.
This football player and wheat grass centerpiece
from Hostess Blog
High kick love it! BUT … I couldn’t find any of the players and wheat grass? Yeah, my son’s cat would have it eaten in minutes. It did inspire my next décor item though …
Use a table runner
to pull all of your staged items together. I bought a foot length of green outdoor carpet to use as my party runner. It cost less than $6 and with the addition of white electric tape, it scores big on the faux field cuteness factor.
I loved these football vases
, especially the mums. Mums are big football items here in Texas. Fresh flowers can get expensive, so try whipping some up from tissue paper instead. Fast and cha-cheap. Concessions
Mmmm. Yummy luke warm, processed cheese product, over-priced nachos. It wouldn’t be a sporting event without them!
But just in case you’d like to serve something less artery hardening, try these mini-tacos
For dessert, these whoopee pies
from Make Merry Events
are a real touchdown.
To mark your refreshments, just print, cut and skewer some labels
. Mark guest drinks
with name pennants hung by bead chain. A first down way to keep beverages teamed up with their rightful owners. Half-Time Entertainment
In case there are those not interested in watching the Black Eyed Peas half time show, have some games for them to pass the time. Search the web for trivia or bingo card fillers
. Keep score and award a prize before everyone leaves.
How about a cheerleading competition
Divide guests into two teams and hand out pom poms. Give the teams 10 minutes to write and choreograph their cheer. Then have a three person panel judge the teams’ performances and award something to the winners. Funny with a capital FUN! Post Game Wrap-Up/Awarding the Trophy
Every Super Bowl has a ring. Award your party game winner with his/her own Super Bowl ring so they can show off their super skills Monday at the water cooler. No ring? Repurpose an old trophy.
So dear reader, whether you plan to have a bowlful of guests on Sunday or plan to skip the hub-bub all together
, I hope you’ve found some ideas to intercept and use; score big ideas
that will make you want to do a celebration dance
in your living room.
Thanks for being so super dear reader!